Short Notes: John Steinbeck Giving Away His Secrets?

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A few notes: I’ve known GOLES for years now, and they do great work empowering the Lower East Side. Please consider donating to them. [GOLES] John Steinbeck offers advice and non-advice for writers. You’ll love it. [BrainPicker] Something to pay attention to: Puerto Rico seeks to define its relationship with the United States. [AP] Students learn how to make college …

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A Quick Bit on Nancy Cantor and The Relationship Between Inclusion and Standards

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First, read this article. Check this excerpt: Since she took over at the university seven years ago, the institution has spent tens of millions of dollars—and attracted much more—to revitalize this sagging Rust Belt city. It has helped refurbish parks, taken over an abandoned building where drug dealers once grew marijuana, and turned an old furniture warehouse into a new …

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Gov. Jan Brewer Has A Mind Of Her Own … Kinda

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Let’s ignore for a second that Arizona has been the hot bed for ultra-conservative rogue policy for the last few years, and still hasn’t done a thing about those undocumented immigrants imprisoned in what networks would have us believe are cushy, metallic lounges. Gov. Jan Brewer, whose administration has been lauded for her right-wing activist stance against the wishes of …

Jose VilsonGov. Jan Brewer Has A Mind Of Her Own … Kinda
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A Lesson on Blackness from The Fab Five (Jalen x Jimmy x Chris x Ray x Juwan)

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Last night, ESPN premiered the much-anticipated documentary “Fab Five” (the behind-the-scenes story of The Fab Five from University of Michigan’s early 90s days) as part of their 30 for 30 sports short docs. Most of my sport fan friends opted to watch this in lieu of sleeping the extra hour we all missed out on. The story of these five …

Jose VilsonA Lesson on Blackness from The Fab Five (Jalen x Jimmy x Chris x Ray x Juwan)
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Top 10 Reasons Graduation Rocks

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I always look at the cover with a bit of lament, but with a swell of pride. Not because I consider myself that bear popping out of that monster’s mouth finally exiting an institution after proving yourself worthy of a degree in whatever you master. It’s more that the Syracuse University experience I had was just the trampoline upon which …

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Prepping For My Real Job

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Damian tagged me, and I must oblige. After all, I tagged almost everyone and their mother yesterday trying to get you all to help me with my most involved effort yet. Damian asked me which of my previous (and worst) jobs helped me prepare for the job I have currently (please tell me you didn’t miss that boat). Let me …

Jose VilsonPrepping For My Real Job